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Whincup and McLaughlin claim Island poles

Tom Howard

Saturday 21st November, 2015 - 2:00pm

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Scott McLaughlin celebrates pole

Scott McLaughlin celebrates pole

Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin claimed the Armor All pole positions for today’s two races at the WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint.

The Red Bull and Volvo stars produced a blistering pace in both 10 minutes sessions at the Victorian circuit locking out the front row for this afternoon’s 14 lap races.

Title protagonists Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and David Reynolds will start both races inside the top five.

Qualifying Race 31

Whincup dominated the opening qualifying session with the Red Bull man never headed in the short sharp 10 minute hit out.

The six-time champion posted a 1:31.1s with his first effort before eventually improving his time by a tenth on his second run.

Red Bull team-mate Lowndes had held second spot for the majority of the running but was pipped at the end by McLaughlin who emerged just 0.09s adrift of Whincup.

Late efforts from Reynolds and Winterbottom saw the Prodrive pair claim fourth and fifth respectively while Tekno Autosports’ Shane van Gisbergen was sixth.

The Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney was seventh as Scott Pye and the Nissan duo of James Moffat and Rick Kelly completed the top 10.

Qualifying Race 32

The second qualifying session provided plenty of action with the fight for pole position typically intensifying as the session progressed.

Winterbottom had set the pace following his opening run but the championship leader was to be denied pole in the final minutes.

First Whincup, who recovered from an off track excursion at Lukey Heights, bettered the Falcon before McLaughlin’s last gasp 1:30.7s scored him pole by 0.08s.

Lowndes claimed another third place grid slot in the Red Bull Commodore, which will start alongside championship leader Winterbottom.

Reynolds was fifth fastest as Pye, Michael Caruso, Rick Kelly, Courtney and Fabian Coulthard rounded out the top 10.

It proved to be a closely fought session with 0.9s covering the top 18 runners.

Result: V8 Supercars WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint Race 31 Qualifying  

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:31.0854*H
2 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:31.1757 H 00.0903
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:31.2049 H 00.1195
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.3284 H 00.2430
5 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.4585 H 00.3731
6 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:31.5069 H 00.4215
7 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:31.5365 H 00.4511
8 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.6459 H 00.5605
9 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:31.7043 H 00.6189
10 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:31.7648 H 00.6794
11 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.7701 H 00.6847
12 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:31.7863 H 00.7009
13 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:31.8370 H 00.7516
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:31.8855 H 00.8001
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:31.9101 H 00.8247
16 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:31.9862 H 00.9008
17 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:32.0656 H 00.9802
18 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:32.2414 H 01.1560
19 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:32.2962 H 01.2108
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:32.3011 H 01.2157
21 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:32.3777 H 01.2923
22 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:32.4119 H 01.3265
23 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:32.4555 H 01.3701
24 Repair Management Aust Racing Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:32.4837 H 01.3983
25 Erebus Motorsport V8 Dean Canto Mercedes E63 AMG 1:32.5025 H 01.4171

Result: V8 Supercars WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint Race 32 Qualifying  

1 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:30.7531*H
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:30.8429 H 00.0898
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:30.8923 H 00.1392
4 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.9655 H 00.2124
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.9816 H 00.2285
6 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.9902 H 00.2371
7 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:31.0063 H 00.2532
8 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:31.1426 H 00.3895
9 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:31.1585 H 00.4054
10 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:31.1614 H 00.4083
11 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:31.2406 H 00.4875
12 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:31.3127 H 00.5596
13 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:31.4063 H 00.6532
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:31.4989 H 00.7458
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:31.5732 H 00.8201
16 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:31.5753 H 00.8222
17 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:31.5851 H 00.8320
18 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:31.6666 H 00.9135
19 Erebus Motorsport V8 Dean Canto Mercedes E63 AMG 1:31.8870 H 01.1339
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:31.9151 H 01.1620
21 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:31.9383 H 01.1852
22 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:32.0580 H 01.3049
23 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:32.1062 H 01.3531
24 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:32.1271 H 01.3740
25 Repair Management Aust Racing Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:32.5531 H 01.8000

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